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War is always cruel, there is no way around that. War is indeed hell, as General Sherman said. We have romanticized and fetishized the Civil War through movies, battle reenactments, and general misinformation. But in reality, it is every bit as terrible as General Lee proclaimed. And yet, ignoring his warning that we grow too fond of it, we have done exactly that.

Even the very causes of the conflict are still inexplicably debated to this day. We too often ignore how the war and its aftermath continue to afflict us. This blog will take a look at cruel side of that war and the ramifications lasting a century and a half after its commencement.

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